Civil suits planned after Mingo judge indictment
By Debbie Rolen
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The lawyer for the husband and wife allegedly wronged by Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury and other officials says they are ready to file a list of civil lawsuits.
Attorney Mike Callaghan told the Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/13Z0I5J ) that he sent notices to several public agencies informing them of planned lawsuits on behalf of Robert and Kim Woodruff.
State law requires anyone planning to sue a state agency to give notice 30 days before filing.
Callaghan said he sent notices to the state Supreme Court, the Mingo County Commission, State Police and the city of Gilbert.
Federal prosecutors claim Thornsbury had an affair with his secretary, Kim Woodruff, and tried to frame her husband, Robert, for several crimes, including drug possession, larceny and assault.
Thornsbury, who was indicted earlier this month, has pleaded not guilty and remains free on bond facing an Oct. 15 trial.
In the indictment, prosecutors claim West Virginia State Police Trooper Brandon Moore and Gilbert Police Officer Nathan Glanden helped with the unsuccessful schemes, but neither was charged.
Callaghan said he plans to sue Moore and Glanden individually, as well as their respective agencies.
Information from: Charleston Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.com
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